Fremantle: history on display at Freo.Social

Local artist Michael Rigoll (Hamilton Hill) working on art installations for new Fremantle venue Freo.Social which is expected to be open in April. Photo: Andrew Ritchie. d490772 communitypix.com.au.
Local artist Michael Rigoll (Hamilton Hill) working on art installations for new Fremantle venue Freo.Social which is expected to be open in April. Photo: Andrew Ritchie. d490772 communitypix.com.au.

FROM a garden market to Australia’s first indoor badminton court, the art in the new Freo.Social venue will highlight the building’s history.

Housed in the old artillery drill hall and due to open in April, it will feature craft beer, live entertainment and food trucks .

Creative consultant David Spencer said the idea for the artwork was basing it on the historical uses of the building.

“In its lifetime it was a originally a market, military hall an Australian first indoor badminton court and the Fly by Night,” he said.

“We narrowed our idea to an Egyptian style relaying narrative based on those historical events.

“We wanted to challenge ourselves of the idea of what art is, we don’t want the usual one artist dong a big mural.”

The artwork, which is seven square metres, featured the work of five Western Australian illustrators.

Mr Spencer said he wanted to evoke curiosity in people who view the work.

“I want people to be like ‘what is that?’ and then through that come closer and witness the whole story book of ideas in front of them,” he said.

“Looking around you will keep seeing new stuff all around and secret messages throughout that you have to find.”

A mural on the outside wall will feature Fremantle icons in a ‘Where’s Wally’ style.

The venue will open its door on April 3 and kick off with entertainment including John Butler, The Waifs, San Cisco and Superego.

In the opening months over 40 shows and events are expected including Dan Sultan, Middle Kids, Montaigne and Odette.